To be an effective counselor, lawyers must see the big picture, not just slivers of it. How do we do so? Buddhism teaches this and medicine practices it.
First, Buddhism and a thought from an interesting book, "The Monks And Me: How 40 Days at Thich Nhat Hanh's French Monastery Guided Me Home" by Mary Paterson. She writes that one lesson she learned was that to see the whole, one must surrender attachment to the sliver. She quotes Hanh: "Learning from other views, you transcend your one view. Releasing your own view will give you deep insight. You will see the totality of all views." . . . You must be able to truly let go of your particular vision."
But how? I am friends with two doctors, and sometimes run into them at a restaurant I frequent and we have a drink. They explained to me how new pathologists are trained. They make a diagnosis and explain it to a more senior physician who then asks, "Well, diagnosis X could be right, but tell me all the reasons why diagnosis Y has been ruled out as a possibility." This question forces the new doctors to re-examine their assumptions, defend their conclusions, and engage in intellectually rigorous dialogue.
Our minds naturally attach names and conclusions to events — good or bad, right or wrong. And we use these names to navigate the world. But the Buddha taught that attachment is the source of unhappiness, or, in this case, possible misdiagnosis. Friendly advice to all lawyers from the Buddha and my boon drinking companions.